John Adams Begat the Selfie

In his iconic book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey explained that, according to his research, the first 50 years of success literature in America was predicated on the character ethic: integrity, humility, fidelity, modesty, etc.  After World War I, he noticed, the basis of success had shifted to the personality ethic: public image, attitudes and behaviors, and skills and techniques that "lubricate the processes of human interaction."  America was on the road to superficiality. Why did this character-personality shift occur?  Perhaps because of something John Adams, our first vice president and second president, said: "I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.  My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting,...(Read Full Article)

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